Lower Great Southern Hockey Association set to return to turf next month and outline season ahead

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LGSHA Hockey Development Officer Dinah Gordon is excited about the season returning.
Camera IconLGSHA Hockey Development Officer Dinah Gordon is excited about the season returning. Credit: Laurie Benson

There will be a Lower Great Southern Hockey Association season this year after it announced this week games would return to the turf in a month’s time.

The season will start on July 18 at the conclusion of the Term 2 school holidays and run through until finals in the last week of September.

The season will consist of 10 rounds before finals will be played, with juniors and seniors to run alongside each other.

A finals format has not yet been decided as the association is waiting for team nominations.

LGSHA president Alex Bott said it was fantastic to be returning to the turf finally.

“We are excited to be back — the feedback we received from our players and members is that everyone is keen to get back playing,” Bott said.

“We thought the mid-July start date would be the best date taking into account school holidays and ending dates among other things.

“I’m glad to get past the first few steps and am just looking to move forward and get people participating in sport again.”

Members were surveyed in a bid to help determine what their thoughts on a season looked like and if they were interested in having a competition.

LGSHA has reviewed the fee structure for the season and has reduced senior nomination fees by 50 per cent to help players and clubs out.

The association is still calling for nominations for teams for the women’s and men’s A and B-grades.

Nominations are required before next Saturday, June 27.

“This is our normal process to getting team nominations, I’m confident that we will have similar numbers to last year and teams will be participating,” Bott said.

“Everyone is excited and the players are keen to be back.

“To get back to playing, we followed Hockey WA guidance and reduced our fees so it would keep players keen.”

Teams returned to training this week following the return to training guidelines and protocols.

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